4736Re: [carfree_cities] Why do people drive? (was: Digest Number 689)
- May 13, 2002turpin replied:
>--- In carfree_cities@y..., "J.H. Crawford" <mailbox@c...> wrote:I have lost track of this thread. I think the sense of
>> To be maintained, a habituated behavior has to
>> offer some reward. In the case of cars, I think
>> it's the only time a great many Americans have to
>Maybe that is part of it. But I think you're missing
>the simpler and more important fact: where and how
>most people now live, driving is their fastest
>commute to work.
it was more, "why do people LIKE to drive." If that's
the question, then I think my reply has some validity.
>Let me use myself as an example. I purposely liveAs long as the car is by far the best way to get
>inside the city, partly because I prefer walking to
>all other modes of getting around. The last two
>places I worked were 3 miles and 4 miles from home,
>and I either walked or took the bus. Alas, my
>current client's office is out in the burbs -- too
>far to walk. Sometimes I have bicycled, but it
>takes 45 minutes, and one of my knees doesn't like
>that much bicycling. Driving takes 10 to 15 minutes.
>Maybe 20, if the freeway is jammed. So I usually
>drive. The pay-off is obvious: an hour saved each
somewhere, people will use it, and when I'm the
USA, I use it a fair bit myself, as there is no
practical alternative for many trips.
>My bad? Maybe. But I don't view it as a moralAnd that's the nut of it--we have to offer those
>choice. While I disapprove the way America
>subsidizes sprawl, and the kind of urban
>architecture generated by that, I'm going to make
>my personal choices based purely on the costs and
>benefits that the resulting economic and urban
>environment presents to me. And so will most
>people. People's driving habits will not be
>changed by massive persuasion. They will change
>only when the economic and urban environments
>present different options.
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